I know a handful of people who prefer Ni as dominant/auxiliary
function who also have insomnia or naturally prefer to be awake either
very early in the morning or very late at night. I know insomnia can
be caused by many things, but in this case I attribute my own insomnia
In this post, I'm going to share some of my personal
Ni/Insomnia insights. Does anyone else relate or agree with them? I'd
also like to know if what I'm describing is indeed Ni. I know I'm new
to the functions, and I've been working on wrapping my mind around Ni
and what it encompasses and how it works in my life, and I'd love to
know if I'm getting it right.
For me Ni seems to work best when both my mind and my environment is
as calm and as still as possible. It is in this stillness when I get
my most brilliant insights and ideas and my mind usually gets that
calm when I'm sitting in bed trying to fall asleep or meditating.
Outer stillness is important too because if there's a lot of noise or
people around it can often drown out my inner voice and inner visions.
(another issue with this is that when there are a lot of people
around, I automatically go into Fe-mode and focus my energy outward)
I equate using Ni with gazing within a very still pond deep within me
and instead of seeing myself, I see a very clear vision. Outside
noise/chatter is like people throwing stones into my pond and it
obscures the vision. For this reason I feel quite dull when I don't
get enough alone time and frustrated and defensive if my alone time is
intruded on by interruptions and loud noise. And a Ni vision often
flashes across my pond for just a moment but then fades away, so if my
pond is blurred by chaos, I often miss a profound insight as a result
and I hate this. When I lived in a noisy dorm, this was probably my
biggest annoyance and getting my quiet time disturbed can actually
bring out a very ugly side in me. During one of my moments of
frustration, I wrote this short little poem (not my best but it
captures my thoughts on this subject.): Thief of silence by Moonlit-Reveries at All poetry
I was rereading this poem a few weeks ago when I started to think of
Ni in relation to insomnia. And it actually lead to the inspiration
for this post. Most of my poetry was written in moments of stillness.
Feel free to check out my page and any of my other poems if you'd like to.
I'm sure other introverted types can relate to this, and I'd be
curious to find out if there's an equivalent of this need for
stillness for Ti or Fi.
When I'm living in a noisy environment, I find that I need to stay up
very late to get the stillness I crave, and I feel I'm more creative
and insightful at night, and I just discovered that the nature of Ni
is the reason why.
And when I am struck by a brilliant Ni vision I get so excited and
energized about how I can apply it to my life. This excitement keeps
me up longer and then when I wind down some more my mind gets still
again and another vision flashes through me and I get excited and the
cycle continues over and over.
Of course this can really mess up my sleep schedule but c'est la vie.
I'm also out of tune with my body's need for sleep so this can help
perpetuate insomnia. I fell into this horrible loop when I was in the
dorms and the only way I could fall asleep was exhaustion.
Was what I described Ni? And did it sound like Ni as a dominant
function? Do people who have Ni as a dominant function need such
specific conditions and stillness for Ni to work optimally, or would
they be able to access it more readily, even in moments of chaos?
like to know because,to some extent, I'm still fiddling around with my type
preference and what I know now is that Ni Se Fe and Ti are functions I
like to use. I'm just having trouble putting them in order...so in the
back of my mind I'm considering ENFJ/ISTP/ESTP as distant possibilities even
though I'm still sticking with INFJ because it seems like the best fit
from my perception)